AbstractIn 2008, Saint-Côme (Québec) created the “Centre du patrimoine vivant de Lanaudière” (CPVL), dedicated to the establishment of a museum about local cultural heritage, just as it was named the “capitale de la chanson traditionnelle” by a prominent music festival. Drawing on interviews, participation in events, and collected documents, this article aims to trace Saint-Côme’s efforts, for tourism and political purposes, to legitimize the CPVL and the town’s designation as traditional song capital. This article examines the work needed to create a museum and to garner the political recognition of Saint-Côme as the “capitale de la chanson traditionnelle.”
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